Musicality: Instinct or Acquired Skill?

Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (4):498-512 (2012)
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Abstract

Is the human tendency toward musicality better thought of as the product of a specific, evolved instinct or an acquired skill? Developmental and evolutionary arguments are considered, along with issues of domain‐specificity. The article also considers the question of why humans might be consistently and intensely drawn to music if musicality is not in fact the product of a specifically evolved instinct.

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